5.8 earthquake hits southwest China

August 1, 2008 3:02:28 AM PDT
A 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China's Sichuan province Friday, site of the May 12 deadly earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake hit 40 miles north of Mianyang in Sichuan at 4:32 p.m.

There were no initial reports of casualties. The official Xinhua News Agency said a slight tremor was felt in the provincial capital of Chengdu.

Nearly 70,000 people died when a 7.9-magnitude quake hit Sichuan on May 12. Another 18,000 people are still missing and 5 million were left homeless in China's worst disaster in three decades.

There have been hundreds of aftershocks in Sichuan, but most have been of low intensity.

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